Paperback: The Foreign Correspondent, by Alan Furst

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Alan Furst's spy thrillers have a huge following among male readers of a certain age. Paris on the brink of war is the setting for his new novel: an elegantly told tale of espionage, counter espionage and cinq-à-sept trysts in the Hotel Colbert.

The foreign correspondent of the title, Carlo Weisz, is an expat Italian journalist writing for the clandestine émigré newspaper, Liberazione. When the paper's editor is murdered by the Italian secret police, Weisz takes over, only to find himself a pawn in a complicated political game. This is a hero in the Furstian mould: suave, intelligent and irresistible to women.

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